Swansea captain Ashley Williams has admitted that Swansea could benefit from the current break in matches in the long run as they bid for Premier League survival. 

Following their Capital One Cup success last season, the Swans have had a jam-packed fixture list due to their involvement in the Europa League, but have struggled to juggle the competition with their league commitments.

But following their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on March 2, their sixth game in 17 days, the club's match with Arsenal was rearranged due to the Gunners' FA Cup involvement. WIlliams has admitted it's an opportunity they'll grab with both hands. 

"It's not just the rest, but the chance to work on stuff for the team," Williams said.

"We couldn't do that because we were out on the field [playing] so much.

"We have a bit of time to work on a few ideas and things Monks [Swansea coach Garry Monk] wants to do."

The Swans were playing in Europe for the first time in their history and earned plaudits for their attacking style-of-play in the competition. 

They reached the knockout stages of the competition but succumbed to defeat against Rafa Benitez's Napoli and though Williams says the club were honoured to participate in the tournament, it did take its toll. 

"I always said the Europa League was not an excuse," he added.

"We don't want to hide behind that because we enjoyed it and that is a fact.

"But another fact is when you fly back on Friday, you cannot do anything and only have one day before the games.

"It can be tough like that. Now we have a good few days before each game to work on opponents."

Their involvement in Europe had on obvious effect on Swansea and the club have struggled to replicate last season's form that saw them secure a ninth-placed finish in the league. 

Sitting in 14th and just four points above the drop, they face a six-pointer with West Brom this weekend and WIlliams is raring to get back on the pitch.  

"There are a few big games now for obvious reasons," said Williams.

"Especially after not getting the win against Palace which we wanted, which we wanted.

"We will be fully focused on the West Brom game, which will be a tough game, but I really feel it's a game we can win."

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